Opportunity to upskill, invest
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has encouraged the next generation of Wimmera farmers to apply for scholarships before an April 24 closing date.
Ms Pulford said she was an advocate for programs that encouraged young people to adopt farming as a career and the State Government was backing the idea through an Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarship program.
“Since this program began in 2015, Young Farmers Scholarships have helped a diverse range of young people grow their careers in agriculture by upskilling, implementing new on-farm initiatives and boosting their professional networks,” she said.
“Over the course of the program, 38 young farmers working across the agriculture supply chain have received scholarships that have helped fund their study in areas such as primary production, business management, research and technology.
“It’s my firm view that young people in rural areas should have the opportunity and support they need to reach their full potential.”
Ms Pulford said up to $10,000 was available for farmers and farm workers aged 35 and younger to help them with professional development and career progression.
“I urge The Weekly Advertiser readers to find out more by visiting website vic.gov.au/ youngfarmers,” she said.